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  •  Do you have any insight as to who the 77 people (none)
    are and what the land development prospects are?  Does one of those 77 stand to gain enormously from these bridges?  Is there a speculator involved that is either planning on profit-sharing with or greasing palms of the poltical machine?
    •  and does that piece of slimy crap Don Young (none)
      own a lot of land on that island?

      he is an absolute and total jackass and sleazeball

      "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

      by dataguy on Mon Sep 19, 2005 at 05:14:44 PM PDT

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      •  Well, they are going to name the bridge (none)
        after him, so if there is a movement to change the name, maybe he won't be so reluctant to give it up. Perhaps naming it "Katrina Way" instead of "Don Young Way" would be a good hint to him. My husband pointed out that a helicopter service for each of those locations could be set up and funded for about 1/10 of the cost of just one of those bridges. Maybe if the locals promise to name the helicopter service after Young, he would allow the bridge money to be refunded. "Don Young Flyaways".  Anyway, if it hasn't been already given, why not just take it back?

        What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

        by Demfem on Mon Sep 19, 2005 at 05:48:34 PM PDT

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        •  In Reply to the three respponses above... (none)
          Land developers and large construction concerns pretty much own all the local poli's in Anchorage. I'm not informed enough to even guess about other parts of the state (it's a BIG frickin' place!) as to who holds the purse strings on THEIR local mafiosa... err... governments, but in Juneau we have a real state-wide potpourri of various lobbyists as well as conglomerate and international interests stuffing money of the pockets of our Republican majority legi.

          how's THAT for a run-on sentence....

          Anyway, near as anyone can tell Yon Dung doesn't have any personal interest in the Point Mackenzie area where one of these bridges ends up. Everyone who has half a brain, when they heard about it, went "Huh?" as there is really nothing there except hundreds of square miles of undeveloped open land and.... Oooohhh.... NOW I get it...!

           It's so naked it's not even funny. Sorta like me... I digress. It's billed as well as saving fuel, blah, blah, as it will save about an hour or so for much of the Valley suburban commuters.

          In reality? It's a GOP payoff to whoever they already pre-determined the bid will go to. It brings Republican props to the electorate who are, like elswhere, ill-informed, duped, and prone to demagoguery. They also like the sound of "jobs for Alaskans" even though none of them will get one: the outside companies even bring laborers. Any voice for the worker is drowned out. Or drowned. Another reason is the military is going through a huge expansion up here with several differnt projects. Missile sheild, etc. They need housing and Anchorage is limited geographically and is pretty much "full".

          And so it goes....

    •  Murkowski Owns Land on Gravina (none)
      From Sitnews...

      Let's not forget, Governor Frank Murkowski has a 33-acres of family owned land, Goldstring and Goldstone old mining sites just south of Clam Cove on Gravina Island. Governor Frank H. Murkowski has a conflict of interest and hidden motivations to construct a $315 million bridge to Gravina Island VIA Pennock Island to property his family owns at federal taxpayer's expense. It is my own opinion that this is only a payback for years of friendship from Rep. Don Young (Alaska).

    •  Rasmussen (none)
      I'm told that an Anchorage banker by the name Rasmussen (Ed, I think started buying up land on Pt. McKenzie a couple years ago.  Seems he must have known something (or someone)... After the bridge is built, Pt. McKenzie will surely develop into a suburban bedroom community for Anchorage.  Convenient.

      BTW, the land over on Pt. McKenzie isn't all that bad.  Sure, there's some swampy muskeg, but there's plenty of high ground and pleasant lakes, too.  Much like the rest of the flat land in the Mat-Su valley, Anchorage, and the Kenai Peninsula.

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